Brink’s guard slept as thieves stole jewelry truly worth hundreds of thousands in heist at Lebec truck prevent

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Two Brink’s guards ended up tasked past month with transporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewellery and gemstones from San Mateo to a secure storage garden in Los Angeles.

When they arrived at Traveling J Truck End in Lebec, a person guard slept and one more remaining the major rig for 27 minutes as burglars stole approximately two dozen baggage of jewelry, according to a lawsuit submitted by the jewelers.

The guards “failed miserably,” the fit claims.

“One remaining a truckload of jewellery and gemstones for a 50 percent-hour totally out of his sight at a remote truck stop even though he was purchasing food, and the other actually was asleep on the occupation, snoozing absent just a couple feet from where by burglars had been thieving close to $100 million of plaintiffs’ residence,” according to the fit submitted Aug. 19 in Los Angeles County Remarkable Court.

The heist left the “small, primarily more mature jewelers, devoid of the indicates to generate their residing,” according to the fit.

Of 73 massive orange luggage the truck experienced been carrying, 22 were lacking, in accordance to the accommodate.

The accommodate alleges negligence and breach of contract, amongst other will cause of action, and also names Traveling J as a defendant, arguing the plaza had insufficient lighting and video clip or other surveillance of the parking space.

The true total stolen is underneath dispute.

Brink’s argues the manifests for the missing luggage lists them as possessing a overall benefit of $8.7 million, and the security corporation is not dependable if the jewelers undervalued their home, according to a go well with the firm filed Aug. 4 trying to find to limit its liability.

“On information and facts and perception, Brink’s thinks that each individual defendant seeks to get well extra from Brink’s than is permitted beneath the agreement,” according to the go well with submitted in federal court docket in New York.

The Los Angeles Instances to start with documented the satisfies final 7 days. No arrests have been designed. The Situations noted sheriff’s investigators have obtained online video connected to the theft.

Next a San Mateo gem and jewelry show on July 10, an armored large rig was loaded with 73 bags made up of jewelry, in accordance to the Brink’s accommodate. The truck left all around midnight, the shipment ultimately supposed for a jewellery demonstrate in Pasadena.

When they left, one particular guard slept while the other drove “in compliance with Section of Transportation regulations,” in accordance to the fit. The truck briefly stopped at the Buttonwillow Rest Location on Interstate 5 for the driver to use the bathroom.

At 2:05 a.m., they arrived at the Flying J. The driver still left his spouse in the sleeping berth and went inside of for foodstuff.

On returning at 2:32 a.m., he noticed both of those the purple plastic seal all-around the truck and its rear lock experienced been slice, according to the fit. The guard who had been sleeping mentioned he “did not see or listen to anything at all unconventional,” the go well with states.